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STEMs: Is science education the key to a successful independent Scotland?

ImageWith renewable energy sources and North Sea oil reserves, Scotland is poised for a resource boom. But would an independent Scotland have the scientists and engineers to back it up?

Software Simulation

Soft wear: computer simulated design is tailoring the future fashion industry

Textile simulation may be in its infancy, but it can make complex clothing, including wrinkles, on real-time digital models. And the software's got larger implications beyond mere fashion.


You need persistence - and these tips - to get your kids to eat seven portions of fruit

A new study suggests we should all eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day. It's a tall order for parents to get their kids to do that. But the researchers say: try this...


Smart public transport will only work if the network data is truly open

Waiting for a delayed bus or train is frustrating - who knows when it will arrive? Thanks to smart technologies this is changing, but it's putting pressure on the data experts.


How technology, the Internet and the iPad are changing a magician's secret work

Magicians and technologists are collaborating. It's changing the secret world of magic. And the Internet is making it easier for us to learn their tricks. But the trend is also driving innovation.


Balancing profits against public health in the search for innovative vaccines

There is no cure and no vaccine for the Ebola virus, which has killed about 70 people in Guinea. Vaccine expert Professor Adrian Hill tells DW why some vaccines take time. It's got to do with profit.


Nanovaccines: vaccines that don't need refrigeration in developing countries

If vaccines get too warm, health workers have to throw them away. So researchers are trying to design vaccines that can withstand heat. New nanotechnology could be the trick.


Creating designer organisms by synthesizing a genome from scratch

Researchers have rebuilt a yeast chromosome, deleting superfluous genetic material not needed for survival. Such designer organisms could be the future of biotechnology. Are designer humans next?

Data Protection

Weighing a Schengen zone for Europe's Internet data

Germany and France are considering a so-called Schengen routing system in which as much online data would be kept in Europe as possible. But would it really limit surveillance - or just line the pockets of EU companies?


Space lander Philae wakes from deep sleep

After over two years in hibernation, the Philae lander woke up from hibernation to start the next phase of an ambitious mission to land on a comet and potentially look billions of years into the past.


The YouTube version of science and research

Groovy music clips teach about science and make fun of widely held stereotypes. The new genre has great potential, a German researcher says. But he warns that it might also backfire.


Small bite, big danger: vector-borne disease

If things go the way the World Health Organization wants, no one will die from a mosquito or tick bite in the 21st century. The WHO has "declared war" on so-called vector-borne illnesses.


Forensic psychiatrists use Hollywood characters to shed light on psychopaths

A Belgian forensic psychiatrist and his team have analyzed film psychopaths who mirror their real life counterparts. DW examines their findings to look at what we know about psychopaths.


Nuclear test ban organization global monitoring network data helps science

Forget the NSA. When it comes to eavesdropping, there's a UN agency with better microphones. The CTBTO wired the world so that it could listen out for atomic bomb tests. Now it has sound to share with scientists.

Music Technology

Six of the best: a selection of our favorite mobile music-making apps

There's a wealth of powerful music apps for mobile devices, so we can make music wherever and whenever we want. But which make the most of the technology available? DW takes a look.